Cardiologists, Surgeons Collaborate Live in Hybrid Cardiac Setting


June 17, 2008

June 16, 2008 – Toshiba America Medical Systems’ Infinix Hybrid cardiovascular X-ray imaging system will be featured in three live cases during the International Symposium on the Hybrid Approach to Congenital Heart Disease (ISHAC), June 16 – 18, 2008. In the first case, codirectors of The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital will perform a hybrid procedure on a one day old baby with hypoplastic left heart syndrome via live simulcast using Toshiba’s Infinix Hybrid system. John P. Cheatham, M.D., director of cardiac catheterization and Interventional Therapy and Mark Galantowicz, M.D., chief of cardiothoracic surgery will complete this procedure. As pioneers in hybrid procedures, Dr. Cheatham and Dr. Galantowicz will utilize the Infinix system to complete the procedure. While the doctors are working together on pediatric patients in a hybrid setting, it is critical the imaging system provides outstanding image quality, the flexibility to reach ancillary equipment and the patient quickly and easily. During the second live case procedure at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, an intraoperative stent will be placed during open-heart surgery using endoscopic guidance. The procedure will be performed by Alistair Phillips, M.D., and Ralf J. Holzer, M.D. They will use the Infinix C-arm in the hybrid cardiac operative suite to confirm the effectiveness of the stent and the new pulmonary valve implanted at the end of the procedure before separating from cardio-pulmonary bypass. In the third procedure using the Infinix Hybrid system, physicians from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago will complete a device closure of a perventricular muscular ventricle septal defect while broadcasting live. The procedure will be performed by Ziyad M. Hijazi, M.D., director of the Rush Center for Congenital and Structural Heart Disease, Michel N. Ilbawi, M.D., chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Anastasios Polimenakos, M.D., pediatric cardiac surgeon and Qi-Ling Cao, M.D., senior research scientist. Rush University Medical Center is home to a brand new Infinix system. “These three live cases with top pediatric physicians at the ISHAC symposium are a testament to the exceptional collaborative environment created by the Infinix’s unique C-arm positioning,” explained Robert Micer, director, X-ray Vascular Business Unit, Toshiba. “This allows a team of physicians and staff to gain easy patient and facilitate the ease of use of multiple ancillary devices. The unique Infinix attributes enable more complex procedures, like these hybrid cardiac therapies being demonstrated.” Toshiba’s Infinix high-definition flat panel detector delivers superior contrast and dynamic resolution, allowing for easy visualization of the smallest details, including intricate blood vessels and guidance of small devices critical to pediatric hybrid procedures. For more information:, and